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Male Youth Leadership Conference on Saturday

Co-sponsored by the 100 Black Men of Memphis, Inc., and the Memphis Academy of Health Sciences Middle and High School., the Male Youth Leadership Conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 12) at Southwest Community College’s Macon Campus

The event’s theme is “Black Men Leading!” Motivational speaker Reginald Bullock, producer of the short-film “A War For Your Soul”, will deliver the keynote address.

For more information, contact 901-382-1441 or visit http://mahsmiddleandhigh.com/.

Disability Days on the Hill!

Dozens of disability organizations from across the state will participate in Disability Days on the Hill on Feb. 23.

The Arc of the Mid-South is providing accessible bus transportation for the event. Buses will depart from The Arc offices at 3485 Poplar Ave. at 5:30 am and will return by 6:30 pm. Additional stops in Arlington and Jackson are available upon request.

The fee to participate in this year’s Disability Days on the Hill is $40. All participants are required to attend a one-hour training session to learn about proposed legislation that affects people with disabilities.  Sessions are at 6 p.m. on Feb. 15 and 10 a.m. on Feb. 17.

For more information and to make reservations, call 901-327-2473 or e-mail shawkins@­arcmidsouth.net by Feb. 17, 2011.  

U of M to host Education Career Fair

Dozens of school districts seeking teachers, counselors, and administrators will participate in the 2011 Education Career Fair sponsored by the University of Memphis Career Services office and the College of Education.

The fair will be held Feb. 16 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom. It is free to all U of M students and alumni seeking employment, information, and networking opportunities.

Those attending should bring copies of their resume and wear business attire.

Parking is available in the Zach Curlin garage, adjacent to the University Center.

More information is available at www.memphis.edu/careerservices or by phone at 901-678-2239.

U of M Libraries program to focus on  ‘Food Deserts’

The University of Memphis University Libraries, with the support of Friends of the University Libraries, will host a program on urban “food deserts” and their effect on the homeless.

Chet W. Sisk will present “Food Fight: How to Bridge the Food Divide Before Things Get Really Ugly” on Feb. 18 at noon in the University Center Fountain View Room. Admission is free and open to the public.

Sisk is an author, speaker, and former advertising CEO who has spent the past 10 years working with homeless people in the Denver area. In partnership with Whole Foods, he founded Quality Foods for Everyone, a social-entrepreneurial program that is designed to bring high-quality foods into homeless shelters.

Sisk will discuss the importance of bridging the healthy-food divide between the rich and the poor, and how the homeless have some of the most compromised immune systems of anyone in our society. He will also address the “food desert” challenge and the need to get better food into homeless shelters to improve overall health.

Parking is available in the Zach Curlin garage, adjacent to the University Center.

For more information, call Tom Mendina at 901-678-4310.

Back on Track’ session rescheduled

Due to winter weather, the University of Memphis has rescheduled the “Back on Track” public information session for Monday, Feb. 21.

It will be held between 5:30 and 7 p.m. in the Michael D. Rose Theatre on the U of M campus. Nearby free parking is available in the Zach Curlin garage, at the southeast corner of the campus between Central and Walker.

The program aims to make it easier for students who didn’t graduate to return to school and earn their degrees. Information will be available on readmission, financial aid, advising, academic transition, resources for veterans, adult student services, and more.

“Back on Track” is designed for adults who want to complete their degree in their original major or start a new one. Applicants must meet re-admission criteria.

Reservations for the session are encouraged, but not required. To register, or for more information, visit www.memphis.edu/back ­ontrack or call 901-678-1327.

Volunteer Expo coming Feb. 24

Over 80 Mid-South non-profit organizations will be available in one location for community members to learn about programs and volunteer opportunities throughout the community during the Volunteer Expo at the Oak Court Mall on Feb. 24.

Sponsored by Volunteer Mid-South, the Volunteer Expo will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and is free event. No reservations are required.

For more information, contact Traci Allen at Volunteer Mid-South at 523-2425, ext. 205, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Local filmmaker supports Fisk with documentary

The Memphis Fisk Club will host a premiere showing of “The Last Championship Teams,” a documentary by George Tillman Jr. highlighting the 1973 and 1975 Fisk University football teams.   

The premiere will be on Feb. 26 at the National Civil Rights Museum at 450 Mulberry St. at 6 p.m.  The event is free and open to the public.  For more information, call 901-201-2944.

President of the Memphis Fisk Club, Tillman said the documentary was done in memory of John “J.J.” Jones, who played football at Fisk and later for the New York Jets.  Jones was the third African-American quarterback in the National Football League. A Memphis native, he died in 2009 as a result of a house fire in University Place, Wash.

Donations are welcome and proceeds from the film will raise funds for Fisk University.

Methodist South lends support to Day of  Dance for Health

Methodist South is hosting a Day of Dance for Health, a community-based event hosted by Spirit of Women hospitals across the country. The event is scheduled for Feb. 26 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Southland Mall.

The event is designed to celebrate health and learn about cardiovascular disease. It will include dance demonstrations, health screenings, a fashion show, heart health activities, and give-a-ways. African-American ballet, ballroom dancing, Chicago stepping, native East Indian dance and Zumba will be demonstrated. There will also be a special appearance by the Memphis Grizzlies Grannies & Grandpas.

The Day of Dance program was created in 2005 to inspire Americans to take ACTION for their health. Modeled after the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® as an entertaining and educational event, Day of Dance brings together entire communities to improve the health of women and their families.

Day of Dance is produced by the Spirit of Women® Hospital Network, a coalition of hospitals and healthcare providers across the United States.

No advance registration is required. For more information, visit www.dayofdance.org.

Cherryl & Company to host SistaGirl! Brunch

Cherryl & Company will host a SistaGirl! Brunch in celebration of National Women’s History Month, “Our History is Our Strength”, beginning at 10 a.m. on March 5 at the Memphis Marriott East.

The theme is “I Am Woman – Hear Me R.O.A.R. (R-Respond, O-Overcome, A-Accept, R-Release), using the Biblical story of the relationship between Naomi and Ruth (Ruth 1-4) as its foundation. The speaker is Dr. Shelia Flemming-Hunter, President of the Black Rose Foundation and coordinator for Memphis Mentoring Cares. She will share pointers on how to effectively uplift, support, and encourage women as well as how to find one’s inner power and unleash it, successfully and consistently.

Cherryl & Company conducts interactive and spirit-filled workshops that coaches and encourages others to ‘listen’ to their heart and to act upon their ‘tru calling’. The CEO is Certified Christian Educator and Professional Trainer, Cherryl Pigues Crite.

Tickets are $25. For more information, contact Crite at 205-9603, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.cherrylandcompany.

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